When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of May 22, 2016, CCJ band At One led music and we sang:
GLORY TO HIS NAME
Written by Elisha Albright Hoffman and John Hart Stockton, 1878. This song is also known as “Down At The Cross.” “Come to this fountain so rich and sweet/Cast thy poor soul at the Savior’s feet/Plunge in today, and be made complete/Glory to His Name!”
Download “Glory To His Name (Live)” by We Come Alive.
Written by Zach Bolen and Brian Eichelberger, 2012. This song is inspired by Colossians 2 and Ephesians 2 and focuses on how Jesus’ grace has bought us back and made us right before God.
Buy “Made Alive” by Citizens & Saints.
Download “Made Alive (Live)” by We Come Alive here.
NEVER THE SAME
Written by Bob Foote, Mike Crockett, Daniel Ross, 2013. This song springs from the idea that after one comes face to face with the risen Jesus, things are never the same. The curse of Adam has been displaced by Christ’s work on the cross and resurrection from the dead.
Buy “Never The Same” by (Redemption band) At One.
Written by Zach Bolen, 2012. In the valleys, in the heights, God has shown us through the sacrifice of Jesus, He will won’t abandon or forsake us.
Buy “Oh God” by Citizens & Saints.
NEAR THE CROSS
Written by Fanny Crosby and W. Howard Doane, 1869. A great hymn of prayer and reflection on the cross.
Download “Near The Cross” by Narrow Path on NoiseTrade.
Download a free live version of “Near The Cross” by At One.
Written by Daniel Ross, 2010. The song is more or less taken from Ephesians 2, a great part of Scripture dedicated to explaining how we are dead in our sins but God’s saving grace makes us alive. Verse one leads into a pre-chorus that is a question (“born of man and choosing sin/who will bring me to life?”). Verse two leads into the same pre-chorus but is now a statement (“set me free and now I can see/who will bring me to life.”).
When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of May 15, 2016, CCJ band Always At The Ready led music and we sang:
YOUR NAME IS MATCHLESS
Written by Colin Edge, Neil DeGraide, 2015. What God has done for us is matchless. We were adopted as children of God through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus. Because of that, we sing glory to His name.
Buy “Your Name Is Matchless” by Sovereign Grace Music.
ONLY YOUR BLOOD IS ENOUGH
Written by Neil Robins, 2010. Adapted from “Psalm 51, Part II” by Isaac Watts, 1791 . Nothing we do (“no bleeding bird or beast, no hyssop branch, no priest”) is enough to make us sinners right before a perfect and holy God. In other words, no kind of sacrifice or right-living will set us right before God. Only the blood of Jesus can set us free. Great words to this song.
Buy “Only Your Blood” by Sojourn.
YOU NEVER LET GO
Written by Beth Redman, Matt Redman, 2005. CCJ sings this one very well. We love singing this one with you. This is such a great song of hope and faith, nowing that there will be an end to the troubles of this life, but until then, we will praise Him.
Buy “You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman.
Download “You Never Let Go (Live at CCJ)” by At One.
BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD ABOVE
Written by Charitie Lees Bancroft (1863) and Vikki Cook (1997). The lyrics for this old hymn were written in the 19-century and revived with a new tune in the 1990s. “Before The Throne” is a song showing us that we have right standing before God because “the sinless Savior died.” It’s a really powerful song.
Buy “Before The Throne” by Sojourn.
Written by Brooke Fraser; 2006. The word “hosanna” is a Hebrew word that means “O save!” It is a simple cry for our salvation. I love the line in this song that says “break my heart for what breaks Yours.”
Buy “Hosanna (Live)” by Christy Nockels.
Written by Chris Tomlin, 2001. We need songs of reminder that God is with us, that He will never leave us, never forsake us. Taken from Psalm 136.
Buy “Forever (Live)” by Chris Tomlin.
Christian Church of Jasper (Ind.) is making the change to Redemption Christian Church as the church prepares to go multi-site in late 2016. Having trouble with the new name. Don’t worry, so is the staff. Watch what happens behind the scenes at CC … er, Redemption.
Same church. New name. More locations.
Christian Church of Jasper will change its name to Redemption Christian Church, effective June 1. After months of discussion among staff and leadership, Senior Minister Darrel Land told the congregation of the change in his May 8 sermon, “Tearing Down The Fences.”
The church will transition to the new name throughout May in all communications, web and social media presence, and in other avenues. Plans call for the change to the new name to be complete by June 1.
The name change is being implemented as Redemption Christian Church prepares to open its first multi-site location in nearby Loogootee, Ind., with a targeted opening of late 2016. The Loogootee campus will be located in a former Shopko building near the intersection of US 231 and IN 50. The Jasper campus will remain at 1450 Energy Dr. on the south side of town off of the 162 bypass.
With campuses in Jasper and Loogootee, Redemption Christian Church will become one church in multiple locations and mark another milestone in its 16-year history.
Started as a church plant in May 2000, the church has grown from a few dozen people in the early years to more than 1,600 people worshipping each week at its Jasper campus. From the first few weeks in a Days Inn meeting room, to a year in Jasper 8 Theaters, to five-plus years in an industrial warehouse space on Cathy Lane in Jasper, to the current Jasper campus building in 2007 and expansion in 2011 and 2014, Redemption Christian Church has always been on a mission to change the spiritual landscape of southern Indiana with a consistent focus on the gospel and loving God, loving people, and seeing the world change.
Senior Minister Darrel Land said, “When we started this church God had given us a vision of reaching a lot of people. I knew He was going to do big things but, as often is the case, God did more than I could have possibility imagined. This church’s influence and impact quickly overcame the geographic boundaries we started with and we soon became a regional church. But, we had chosen a name that doesn’t reflect that. The name served us well but doesn’t really reflect who we are that well. One of the reasons we often used ‘CCJ’ is because ‘Christian Church of Jasper’ seems so geographically driven.”
“We’re doing this primarily because we want to be one unified church in multiple locations and keeping ‘Jasper’ in our name would be a stumbling block to many of those in surrounding areas and we need to be willing to give that up for the sake of the Kingdom going forward,” Land added.
The word ‘redemption’ is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.” In theological terms, redemption is God’s pursuit of sinners though the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection from the grave, defeating sin, death, and hell.
In the New Testament book of Colossians, the apostle Paul wrote, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Land added, “In Him we have redemption. The theme of redemption is what the Bible is all about. God redeems our souls, he redeems our messes and He redeems our story. So we kept thinking about that and landed on the new name, ‘Redemption Christian Church.’”
As Redemption Christian Church transitions to being one church in multiple locations, the church’s mission continues, unchanged.
“We are the same church with a new name in more locations. We always have been —and will always be — about spreading the name of Jesus in word and in deed in order that people may be redeemed — and through his church, communities, schools, neighborhoods will be redeemed through Jesus Christ, Land said.
For more information, please visit RedemptionIN.com, like the church on Facebook, follow on Twitter, Instagram and other social media, download the church’s app for mobile devices, tablets, and Apple TV, or call 812-481-2410.